Lawsuit Filed Against Produce Company After Woman Dies From Eating Tainted Cucumbers

| by Brendan Kelly
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A San Diego-based produce company is being sued for wrongful death after a woman died from eating a salmonella-tainted cucumber. Two others have also died from eating the produce and more than 341 people in 30 states were sickened.

Mildred Hendricks, 99, died during the salmonella outbreak after eating a tainted cucumber distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.

The cucumbers were imported from Mexico and have since been recalled. The lawsuit names Andrew &Williamson Fresh Produce as a defendant.

The lawsuit says Hendricks ate some of the cucumbers unknowingly and soon began suffering from food poisoning. She was admitted to the hospital and treated for symptoms of salmonella poisoning.

Hendricks died on Aug. 17.

On Sept. 8, a Minnesota woman filed a lawsuit against the produce company after contracting salmonella poisoning when she ate a salad with the company's tainted cucumbers in it. She was sick in the hospital for days.

More than half of the 341 people affected are children under the age of 18.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the outbreak.

The produce company issued a voluntary recall and stopped all harvesting and packing operations at its facility.

Officials are advising consumers to ask their grocers if the cucumbers may be involved in the recall.

In California, 17 counties have had reports of illnesses.

The cucumbers were shipped to the following 22 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Sources: NBC San Diego, Times of San Diego / Photo credit: Ron Simon & Associates via NBC San Diego